Poker World Embraces New Poker Flick
The poker world may have a new hit movie on its hands.
The independent comedy Hitting the Nuts: The True Story of the Scott County Series of Poker has many in the poker world singing its praises after its DVD release April 15.
2006 World Series of Poker Player of the Year Jeff Madsen is a fan.
“Hitting the Nuts is without question the funniest poker movie ever made," he said. "The film is committed to making fun of poker and the crazy personalities who love this great game, and that makes it fun to watch. I enjoyed every second of it.”
Blogger James Guill of PokerJunkie.com is on board as well.
“Hitting the Nuts was a bit over the top at times, but so is our game," he wrote in his April 25 review of the film.
"The town, its people, and even the game were totally believable, and had you not known this was a 'mockumentary,' you might think it was a true story. I would recommend that anyone go online and purchase a copy of this DVD.”
And the film's Producer and Director Joe Boyd says all the hype is beginning to turn into sales.
“Since last Friday we have sold over half of our initial run of DVDs," he said. "Hundreds were pre-ordered and it hasn’t slowed down since our release on the 15th.”
The film has also garnered some critical success, winning at both the 2010 Cincinnati Film Festival and the 2011 Derby City Film Festival.
The DVD is currently only available at www.hittingthenuts.com, although Boyd says filmmakers are shopping it for wider distribution.
"We have no doubt the right company will want to partner with us on this. You can just feel the momentum building day after day. People who love comedy and poker are eating up this quirky, funny movie.”
Based on the trailer on that website, I am having a hard time understanding how this can really be funnier than The Grand. I have never understood why the poker world hasn't embraced that movie, considering it has all the poker-playing celebs in it (Jason Alexander, Ray Romano, Gabe Kaplan, etc) and plenty of cameos from real pros, including Phil Gordon basically playing himself as a dork.